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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals’ bullpen makes headlines for wrong reasons + more Nats links...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of this afternoon’s series finale in Citi Field...

MLB: Washington Nationals at New York Mets Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

Another day, another bullpen implosion. Maybe Max Scherzer can just throw a complete game this afternoon? Scherzer and the Nationals go for a series win today in the finale in Citi Field. While you wait for that to start, go read your links... lots and lots of bad bullpen links...


Eighth inning dooms Nationals again in 6-5 loss to Mets - (MASN)
"They’ve had chances to win just about every game, but as was the case today during a gut-wrenching 6-5 loss to the Mets, they’ve left several potential victories on the table."

Nats' bullpen can't find 'best stuff' late - (
"The Nationals bullpen entered the day with the worst ERA in the Majors at 9.64, which rose to 10.02 after Saturday's meltdown."

Bullpen blunders doom Nationals again: Mets rally in eighth inning for a 6-5 win - (WaPost)
"The Nationals have given up 17 runs in their first seven eighth innings of the season. And, in turn, they are 3-4 with a bullpen issue that already has lingered too long."

New names, same result from bullpen in disastrous eighth - (MASN)
"Seven batters faced. Four hits allowed. Two of those homers. Plus a double, a hit batter and an RBI single that proved to be the death blow in the Mets’ 6-5 victory..."

Stuck on repeat, Nationals bullpen blows yet another game - (NBC Sports Washington)
"[Justin] Miller’s appearance was his third in four days. He was pitching where [Trevor] Rosenthal had been expected to before the season began."

With Trea Turner out, Victor Robles' batting order spot set - (
"In his first six games, Robles is batting .300/.364/.750 with two home runs while hitting ninth in the Nats lineup, including a solo home run Thursday afternoon against Noah Syndergaard."


Fantasy baseball closer depth chart - (ESPN)
"[Trevor] Rosenthal did not pitch well during the Nationals' season-opening series, which could open up the primary setup role to competition from Kyle Barraclough or Tony Sipp."

These 6 teams need Kimbrel the most - (
"Washington's bullpen has some outrageous numbers through the first full week of games, featuring three relievers with double-digit ERAs and another with a mark of infinity."

Strikeouts, weather and showmen are ruining baseball for fans - (New York Post)
"[Trea Turner] had his right hand wrapped around the barrel of the bat rather than cradling it with his fingers unexposed — the way Little Leaguers are taught and big leaguers forget or never knew."